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Cast set for 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Tell North Platte what you think

The cast has been selected for the first production of our 2014-15 community playhouse season, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a musical comedy about a fictional spelling bee at a Middle School.

Six quirky adolescents compete in the bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups.

In an unusual twist, four real audience members will be invited to the stage to compete in the Bee alongside the six young characters.

The Broadway production was nominated for six Tony awards.  

Darrell Drullinger is the director.

Performance dates for the production are Sept, 27-28, and Oct. 3, 4 and 5. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale Monday, Sept. 22, and will be available at the Playhouse Box Office Monday-Friday from Noon-5 p.m., online at www.northplattecommunityplayhouse.com or at the door prior to each performance.

Tickets are $15 for Adults and $8 for children and students.  

Season memberships are also available for 50 for adults and $25 for students.

Season memberships can be purchased at the Playhouse on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., or on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Inquiries can also be sent to northplattecommunityplayhouse@gmail.com.


The cast

Rona Lisa Peretti...Tiffany Wood

Chip Tolentino...Butch Lehmkuhler

Leaf Coneybear...Matt Pederson

Logainne Shwartzangrubenierre...Tracy Sawyer

Olive Ostrovsky...Marta Holscher Nelson

William Barfee...Brian Horst

Marcy Park...Florence Gonzales-Todd

Mitch Mahoney...Tim Vanderheiden

Douglas Panch...Andrew Lee

There will also be 3-4 spellers from the audience.


Looking ahead

The playhouse plans to present two comedies -- about “church basement ladies” and a Monty Python laffer -- plus a Sherlock Holmes mystery. They are:


Away in the Basement-A Church Basement Ladies Christmas

Come celebrate the holidays with the Church Basement Ladies in this all-new musical show filled with their heart-warming humor and wisdom. The year is 1959, and the ladies are putting the final touches on the annual Sunday School Christmas Program. You can almost smell the cookies baking as these ladies dish out more than holiday goodies. “Away in the Basement” is a delightfully funny way to celebrate the holiday season.

Carolyn Clark is the director.

The show dates are Nov. 15, 16, 21, 22 & 23.


Monty Python’s SPAMALOT

The Tony Award winning Best Musical, Spamalot, is lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. It features a bevy of beautiful showgirls, not to mention flying cows, killer rabbits and French taunters.

The 2005 Broadway musical was nominated for 14 Tony Awards and received three Tonys.

Directed by Anne Schmit     

Show dates: Feb. 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15.


Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure

The world's greatest detective has seemingly reached the end of his remarkable career when a case presents itself that is too tempting to ignore: The King of Bohemia is about to be blackmailed by a notorious photograph and the woman at the heart of this crime is the famous opera singer, Irene Adler.

With his trusted companion, Doctor Watson, at his side, Holmes pursues first the case, and then the affections of Miss Adler — and in doing so, marches right into the lair of his longtime adversary, that malevolent genius of crime: Professor Moriarty.

Andrew Lee is the director.

The show dates are April 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/21/2014
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